The Last of the Mohicans (TV series)
|The Last of the Mohicans|
|Based on||Novel by James Fennimore Cooper|
|Written by||Harry Green|
|Directed by||David Maloney|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Running time||44-46 minutes|
|Original network||BBC One|
|Original release||17 January –|
7 March 1971
It was shown during the Sunday tea time slot on BBC One, which for several years showed fairly faithful adaptations of classic novels aimed at a family audience. In 1972 it was shown in America as part of the Masterpiece Theatre series.
The serial consisted of eight 45-minute episodes.
Near the start, Chingachook introduces his son Uncas, saying "Uncas is the last of the Mohicans". After Uncas is killed, the final line in the serial is Chingachgook saying in a sad voice, "I am the last of the Mohicans".
This production was released on DVD, distributed by Acorn Media UK.
It is considered by some people to be the most faithful and the best of the various film and TV adaptations of The Last of the Mohicans, as well as one of the best of the BBC's Sunday adaptations. Compared with some other adaptations of the novel it was made on a relatively low budget (much of it was shot in the studio, although there were scenes shot on location in Scotland) and it included some dated elements (the American Indians were all played by white actors in make up). However it was praised for the quality of the acting, particularly the performance as Magua by Philip Madoc, an experienced Welsh TV actor who often played villains, and Richard Warwick as Uncas.
In a contemporary review in The New York Times John J. O'Connor criticized the "natural handicap of vocal accents" of British actors portraying Native Americans. He summarized; "The over‐all production, complete with forest battles and canoe joustings, is excellent. The color photography is first‐rate. And most of the performances, in the B.B.C. tradition, are superb."